Facts about Flea Pest Control that you probably didn’t want to know
What do fleas look like?
Fleas are tiny dark-coloured, wingless parasites that reach around 4mm in length. They have flat almost oval-shaped bodies and tube-like mouth-parts perfectly suited for feeding on the blood of their hosts, which is what they do. Different types of flea prefer different hosts, most commonly cats and dogs in the UK, but they all bite humans.
A flea can lay up to 800 eggs in it’s lifetime, which is up to 25 eggs per day. Fleas will lay their eggs on your pet’s fur every day which will fall off and spread wherever your pet goes. This means that flea eggs can end up in your bedding, furniture and carpeting.
Flea larvae enjoy dark, narrow and hard to get to spaces that offer protection. Fleas develop from egg to larvae to pupae to adults in 18-26 days. Fleas in the pupae stage can remain dormant for up to 9 months.
Adult fleas hide only on live hosts such as cats, dogs, rodents and any other animals. Fleas can only lay eggs after taking blood from the host animal they are living on
How far can a flea jump?
Fleas can jump over distances over 33 cm long! That’s a long, long way for something so small.
Do fleas carry diseases?
Unfortunately, fleas do carry diseases. Flea bites can pose a serious health hazard. Fleas are known to spread a variety of diseases, such as typhus, tularemia and cat-scratch disease.
Cat scratch disease is a common and real health threat. It is caused by the Bartonella henselae bacteria which can result in muscle pains, enlarged lymph nodes, reproductive issues and deep inflammations and infections.
Fleas are also known to transmit various kinds of tapeworms, especially between animals.
How can you get a flea infestation?
You don’t have to have pets to get a flea infestation, although they really help. Flea problems can occur if:
If you visit friends or family who have fleas in their homes you can transport them back to your home, or in the same way public buildings with a flea infestation. You could inherit a flea problem when to take on a new home, especially with the pupae lying dormant for many months. The problem is, that by the time you become aware of an infestation you will probably have had fleas for some weeks or perhaps months.
If you have a flea problem, we can help with flea pest control. Call us on 01333 771000 for more information.